What to expect in the NBA’s second half

A surprisingly entertaining all-star weekend has come and gone and it’s time for NBA franchises to buckle down.The final stretch of the season i...

February 23rd, 2018 |  


Teacher who gave all deserves to be honored

Area resident Jim Roberts has been on a crusade recently, working to honor a Surry County teacher who gave her life trying to protect one of her stude...

December 14th, 2017 |  


Local Abuses Don’t Boost Economy

Local Abuses Don’t Boost Economy

RALEIGH — Thomas Jefferson had lots to say about lots of things. As the North Carolina General Assembly begins its 2017 session and new Gov. Roy...

January 21st, 2017 updated: January 21st, 2017. |  


Digging deeper into state tax changes

Digging deeper into state tax changes

I have a confession: even though I work in the news industry, I don’t always keep up with news that happens far from me.I keep up with happening...

January 19th, 2017 |  


The News & Record wrote a column about a woman who worked for decades as its queen of societal and cultural events. Martha Long’s long caree...

December 23rd, 2016 |  


Dealing with the emotional fallout

Dealing with the emotional fallout

As I write this, it is Tuesday afternoon. Election Day is winding down. The polls are dead — either because people did early voting or are waiti...

November 10th, 2016 |  


Charlotte is the leader in diversity?

Charlotte is the leader in diversity?

Charlotte became a hotbed of political fighting this year with the passing of HB 2, the bathroom law that has caused many groups to label North Caroli...

July 21st, 2016 |  


Resource fair about lending a helping hand

Resource fair about lending a helping hand

Helping someone help themselves was one of the primary goals of the recent “Community Supervision Resource Fair” held at the Surry County ...

February 7th, 2016 |  


Netflix offers intriguing Cobain feature

Netflix offers intriguing Cobain feature

Over the weekend, I was perusing Netflix’s new releases when I came across an interesting documentary into the death of Kurt Cobain.“Soake...

February 3rd, 2016 |  


Charlotte’s red-headed stepchild

Charlotte’s red-headed stepchild

The Carolina Panthers are going to the Super Bowl.Football fans from all over the country are suddenly jumping on the Panther bandwagon. YouTube video...

January 28th, 2016 |  


Study tells what affects migrant decisions

RALEIGH — The U.S. Census Bureau just confirmed what everyone already suspected: North Carolina now has more than 10 million residents. We’...

December 26th, 2015 |  


How do we keep our kids (of all ages) safe from danger?

How do we keep our kids (of all ages) safe from danger?

On Saturday I drove 266 miles up to Richmond, Virginia, to visit my daughter on Parents Weekend at VCU.Yes, I’d been to the campus twice before,...

October 29th, 2015 |  


Panther QB needs to show consistency

Panther QB needs to show consistency

The Carolina Panthers are now 5-0.The talking heads on ESPN and the NFL Network are suddenly jumping on the bandwagon so fast they might deflate the t...

October 21st, 2015 |  


Passing time at 3 in the morning

Passing time at 3 in the morning

People who know me well generally can say three things about me.One, I like to cut up. If I can’t have a laugh and make others laugh, then it be...

September 24th, 2015 |  


My wild idea for jobs creation

A friend posed a question at a dinner: if you were president, what would you do to make a difference.My first reaction was, “Can we make a diffe...

September 10th, 2015 |  


Voting district maps should be impartial

From The Fayetteville Observer/TNSIt’s been more than four years and two state elections since the latest North Carolina voting districts were c...

September 3rd, 2015 |  


How a life should be lived

How a life should be lived

It was a cool spring day in 1969, and I was a very young child. We had just moved to the house that would be the family homeplace for the next four de...

August 3rd, 2015 updated: August 3rd, 2015. |  


Living by the numbers

Living by the numbers

When I was growing up my mom used to buy me books where you colored a picture by the numbers. When you were finished, if you followed the numbers corr...

July 30th, 2015 |